Sunday, 17 February 2013


For almost two millennia it was believed that Diamond was indeed the rarest of all the gems found on this god blessed planet of ours. Until one fine Tanzanian afternoon, a Masaai tribesman found a blue-violet crystal and showed his little discovery to Manuel de Souza a tailor by profession and prospector by passion, who was in the Mount Kilimanjaro region in search of Rubies. It was at first concluded that the stones were unusually vibrant sapphires, but later testing by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Harvard University, The British Museum and Heidelberg University identified it as a variant of mineral zoisite. Such is the story of the rarest of rare gemstone on Earth-The Tanzanite.

Tanzanite Gemstone

Blue Zoisite or Tanzanite Birthstone was discovered in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Tanzanite was given its commercial name by the Tiffany & Co. of New York in 1968 as part of its 175th anniversary celebration, the name is said to represent the stones country of birth Tanzania. Tanzanite is a gemstone that is beyond rare, its supply will last only another 30 years and as time passes its rarity keeps on increasing. It is found in only one place on Earth in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and intense geological research has shown that its possibility of being found outside its current site of mining is one in a million. Therefore, its extent of rarity both geologically and geologically is thousand times more than that of Diamonds.

Blue Birthstone

This blue-violet stone is known for its remarkable trichroism that allows it to appear in three alternate colors of blue sapphire, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation. The world’s largest faceted tanzanite is 737.81 carats and one of the famous large tanzanite is the ‘Queen of Kilimanjaro’. Recently at the mines in Tanzania, a tanzanite weighing over 3.4 KG or 16, 839 carats was found. 



Birthstones are a class of some specific gemstones which are known to posses cosmic powers which allow them enhance the health and fortune of their wearer. Birthstones are Mystical stones which can heal the weakened and sick, enhance the prosperity of the wearer, save them from evil energies and provide them with favorable energy from the stars and planets.

Birth Stones

Gems be it birthstones in Delhi or some other kind are always precious; you put in your hard earned money into purchasing it and quite obviously expect it to deliver on its promises. When you buy a gemstone you expect it to be a long lasting investment and an authentic one. Therefore, it is very important that you keep in mind some guidelines before you enter the shop to buy birthstones for yourself. Caution is even more necessary in the case of birthstones as only authentic birthstones can work properly with your planetary alignment and it is of utmost importance that it be pure. Following are few pointers to help you in buying the right birthstone for yourself or your relative:

ü  Only go to a trusted and certified jewellery shop near you, check with your friends and family or the yellow pages before venturing into the shop.

ü  Know your birthstone; it is very essential to know in detail about your birthstone, the size and color. You can easily know about them from the internet without any cumbersome searching.

ü  Birthstones come in three forms-Natural, Genuine and Synthetic. Naturals come in the form they were found in with some polishing and cutting, genuine are real McCoy containing the chemical properties pertaining to the stone and last is synthetic, which is also very genuine but produced in the laboratory instead of in nature.

ü  Beware of imitation birthstone made of glass or plastic.

ü  Treated stones make low-quality stone appear high-quality, thus it is important to go to a trusted jeweler.
These guidelines should be adhered to while purchasing birthstones to get the best out of them for your benefit.

Birth Stones

Friday, 25 January 2013


Diamond is a very precious possession for those who buy it; it is like an investment of a lifetime. The diamond is considered the most precious of all the gemstones due to its excellent colors, strength, mesmerizing beauty and luster. Purchasing a diamond is such an overwhelming task for some as the investment can run into lakhs of rupees. Therefore, it becomes very essential that you have prior knowledge about diamonds, their grading, the 4Cs and how to evaluate a diamond grading report and certification before you set out to buy a beautiful specimen of nature’s creativity.

The first very basic knowledge you have to have before entering a diamond jewellery showroom is about the 4Cs of Diamonds, they are Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight. The Cut is probably the most difficult to understand as the brilliance of the diamond and its ability to reflect the seven colors depends on the cut. Next comes color, the more colorless the diamond the greater its value as it increases the diamond’s refractive ability. Clarity, diamonds do have some inner flaws and inclusions which can be reduced at the time of cutting, the lesser the visibility of the flaws greater the value of the diamond and finally comes Carat Weight which plays a major part in determining the price of the diamond.

Every jewellery showroom does have a diamond grading report and certification for every piece of diamond in their shop. These reports contain every detail regarding the cut, clarity, color and weight of the diamond and other crucial information that can affect your buying decision. In order to be completely adept in reading and understanding a diamond grading report and certification you can enroll yourself in a week long course about the essentials of diamonds at the International Gemological Laboratories and Institute.


Birthstones are basically gemstones, that are considered to hold mystical and cosmic energy and can prove to be very beneficial for an individual if they are worn as per the month you their birth. The birthstone prescribed to you will depend upon the tradition you choose that is, Gregorian, and Vedic. The former assigns stones based on the month you are born while the latter on the basis of your sun sign. Birthstone knowledge is very prior to buying your birthstone, birthstone knowledge will make you properly equipped to ask the right questions. Below we will discuss about monthly birthstones and try to provide some brief guidance on the subject of monthly birthstones.

Garnet the birthstone for those born in January is a symbol faith, consistency and virtue and these are the traits that the gem passes onto the wearer. Amethyst the birthstone for those born in February is a stone of sobriety and sincerity and is known to be very powerful in keeping evil away. Aquamarine, the stone of the sea is the birthstone of those born in March and imparts qualities such as friendship, trust, sympathy and harmony. Diamond, the King of all gems, is the birthstone for people born in April and it is known as a symbol of true love, purity and innocence, it is also known to be worn by winners. Next comes, Emerald the stone favorite of the Ancients, is the birthstone of those born in May. The wearers of this stone are gifted with qualities of Clairvoyance and intuitiveness.

For those born in June Pearl is their birthstone; this gem from the depths of the ocean is synonymous with love, wealth, prosperity and happiness. Ruby is the identified birthstone for people born in July; Rubies are a symbol of peace, prosperity and wealth. They are also a symbol of romance and passion. The birthstone for those born in August is Peridot, is known to enhance the power and influence of its wearer and its consumption is known to heal Asthma. Sapphire is the birthstone for September, and provides qualities like clear thinking and wisdom. The birthstone of October is Opal, which comes in every color the planet has to offer, it is known to imbibe qualities like hope and harmony in its wearer. Topaz, is for November and provides long life, beauty, fidelity and joy to the wearer and last is Turquoise, the birthstone for December, it is known to bring luck and happiness along with courage. 

Friday, 11 January 2013


“Great dreamers grow to be independent, learning that they can make a difference all by themselves”
                                                                                                                                ~ Anonymous
Such is the story of a young Bangalore woman, who after getting all that someone else will feel envious about, abandoned everything to fulfill a dream, an inner love that was in the back of her mind since childhood. Benazir Muhammdunni (student at IGLI) left her stable, well-paying job at Infosys as a Business developer of 6 years to pursue jewelry designing and travel all around, about 5 years ago. She enrolled herself at a jewelry designing institute, Delhi, India for a certificate course of three months to study jewelry designing and sketching and a further nine days course in Costume jewelry.

Benazir Muhammdunni

Ask her and she tells you that jewelry designing was something she felt was meant to happen to her sooner or later. She is so skilled in her art that with the use of simple tools like scissors, some glue and pliers she can create some excellent and classic ear rings, rings and necklaces. Enrolling at a jewelry designing institute in Delhi, India helped her gain key insights and the technical know-how about jewelry designing.

She opened her own shop in Bangalore and launched her brand “Mood Swings Jewelery” to cater to the ever growing demand for her collections; she currently has four collections to offer to her clients, namely, Antic Collection, Rhapsody Collection, Terra Silva Collection and Eve’s Drop Collection. Her story is about not giving up and chasing your dreams until you achieve them and a Jewelery designing institute in Delhi, India gave her the solid foundation upon which she built her dreams through her determination, passion and independence. Jewellery designing institutes in Delhi, India offers many certificate courses for such people who want to make a career in jewelry designing. 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013


“What is the difference between a karat of gold and a carat of diamond?” This question is always on the mind of many Jewelery buyers. Potential buyers are often unable to remember the difference due to confusing nature of the term in terms of its pronunciation. The difference between a karat and a carat is pretty simple but often hard to remember. A karat is a unit measure of the level of purity of a metal, especially Gold whereas, a carat measures the weight of a precious stone, especially Diamond.
Gold is a metal which cannot survive as a piece of jewelry as it will quickly get deformed and scratched. Therefore, jewelry makers in order to solidify the metal mix some harder metal to the gold. Karat is necessary for metals such as Gold simply because the nature of the metal means it must be made into an alloy.  Karat helps buyers to determine the level of gold in the mixture. The karat usually determines the price of the gold piece. A gold piece labeled 10K, the lowest purity gold piece can be, means it contains less than half of gold and more than half of other metal, and is the cheapest among other karat gold. A 12K gold piece is made of half gold and half another metal, which makes it relative more expensive than 10K gold. The most common purity level is the 18K gold piece which is relatively more expensive than any other karat of gold besides the 22K gold piece.

The term used to measure the weight of a precious stone is called a carat. A carat belongs to the metric system and is one fifth of a gram, so if you buy a precious stone weighing one gram that means its equivalent of five carats. If you see in your diamond grading laboratory report the term carat being used it means it is referring to the weight of the precious stone, especially diamond. A Diamond grading laboratory can help you ascertain the correct carat weight of your diamond piece. Where the term karat is mostly responsible for the value of a precious metal, a carat is only one of the major factors affecting the value of the precious stone, especially in the case of diamonds.
It is important to be sure of the carat weight of one’s diamond as it can be a major factor in determining its value; there several diamond grading institutes in Delhi, India which can help do this job for you at very affordable cost. A diamond grading institute in Delhi, India can provide a very short term course to teach you the basic knowledge about diamonds, which will help you and make you a better buyer, the next time you go shopping for a diamond.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Grab The Conflict Free Diamonds

Conflict-Free Diamonds

Diamonds are mined throughout the world, including major mines in Australia, Africa, Russia and Canada. Most people are unaware of the role diamonds play in bringing real benefits to people in the countries around the world where diamonds are sourced.  Diamonds are a major source of good in many African nations, employing and providing healthcare to thousands.

Conflict-free diamonds are those gems which were not obtained due to human rights abuses, child labor, violence, or environmental degradation. Although the U.N.'s Kimberly Process only covers diamonds under the control of legitimate and recognized governments, conflict-free goes one step further by rejecting diamonds from governments that trade in diamonds to bankroll their conflicts.

Blood Diamonds 

A blood diamond also called a conflict diamond, converted diamond, hot diamond, or war diamond, is a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, invading army's war efforts, or a warlord's activity. These terms are particularly used in the context of diamond trading to indicate the negative effects of their sale

Through the 1990s, most of the world's diamonds came from Africa, particularly regions undergoing civil unrest. Rebel armies in parts of Africa were exploiting alluvial diamond fields to fund their wars against established governments, putting people and the environment in the middle of their conflicts. Alluvial diamonds are found just inches to a few feet below the surface, making them easier to mine, but having an adverse impact on the environment. The people working these fields were often very young and subject to exploitation, with some losing their lives or permanently maimed as wars raged around them. Hence, the term blood diamonds to describe these types of gems.

In 2000, South African countries with a legitimate diamond trade began a campaign to track the origins of all rough diamonds, attempting to put a stop to blood diamond sales from known conflict areas. As an ethical customer it is our right to en quire about the origins of the diamonds and ensure that the diamond which adorns is not covered with innocent blood.

Diamond Grading Laboratory will give you the teaching about the conflict free diamonds to recognize and bring it to you.